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Fergie: “Carrick is the best midfielder in England”

Michael CarrickSir Alex Ferguson has described Michael Carrick as the best English midfielder during an interview with Clare Balding for a BT Sport Christmas Day special.

Fergie, who signed Carrick from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2006, claimed the 33-year-old is the best English central midfielder at the moment. The former Spurs man has been influential in United’s six-game winning run that came to an end against Aston Villa on Saturday, with Louis Van Gaal deploying him at centre-back in some occasions.

“I think Michael Carrick is the best centre midfield player in English football,” said Ferguson.

“I think he’s the best English player in the game. I think Robin Van Persie, the World Cup had maybe taken a little bit out of him, but you watch him in the second half, he’ll be fine.

“Rooney is back flying and Rooney will always get you a goal, and that’s always an advantage when a team has got a goalscorer in a team.

“The one that’s most pleasing to me of the present lot is David De Gea. When we bought him he was a kid, he was skinny, but he had an ability. He’s got special talents, and it’s shown.”